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Greenland halibut to undergo MSC assessment

Greenland halibut to undergo MSC assessment

11 Aug 2016

An international group of scientists will arrive in Greenland this week to examine the sustainability of Greenland’s halibut fishery as part of the MSC certification process.

The fishery hopes to be MSC certified in early 2017.

The Greenland halibut fishery has sparked international interest with key markets in Japan (25,000 tons per year) and China (30,000 tons per year, much of which is processed and exported). Most of these are whole fish, frozen at sea.

In Europe, around 450 tons of halibut are imported to The Netherlands, much of which is then exported across the EU. French retailer Picard travelled to Greenland to request that it becomes MSC certified. French consumers eat around 1,500 tons of Greenland halibut per year.

Halibut is the largest of the flatfish species and Greenland halibut can grow up to 1.2 metres long. It has a meaty white flesh and it is often served as steaks or fillets.

“This first assessment of Greenland halibut into the MSC program demonstrates leadership by the Greenland seafood industry,” said Gisli Gislason, MSC manager for Iceland and Greenland. “I’m sure this will be welcomed both in the European and Asian markets where demand for MSC certified seafood is gradually growing. We hope other halibut fisheries will follow their lead.”

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Source: worldfishing

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